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Sample 1st Paragraph for JD Admission to Law School, Criminal Law, African-American Applicant, Football Player

I am an American black man who played college football; and I see sports as a great way to keep young people out of trouble and on an academic track where they will have a chance to build satisfying and productive lives. I am particularly concerned, as an African-American, with the high incarceration rates of black people in America, especially young people, and particularly boys, with as many or more entering our criminal justice system as register for college. This is the cause that moves me spiritually and thus it must be my struggle. I ask for admission to your distinguished JD program so that I might use the degree to join a long line of African American students who have built careers on the foundation of struggling for our people’s liberation.

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While my PHD is in the area of Religion, I like to think of myself as more of a historian than a theologian. My focus has always been on moral theory and thinking as it relates to politics and international relations; yet, I have always been aware of how all of this invariably takes place on the foundation of Law. It is our legal system and its enforcement that makes moral thinking, dialogue, and, subsequently progress possible.

For the past 30 years, I have labored to stay current on most of the news coming out of the Developing World, Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East. I have studied world religions and cultures extensively for decades. Fluent in Spanish, I am published in that language in the areas of history and gender studies.

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Professor Anne Coughlin opens her doors to a lecture from her Criminal Law class in the fall 2011 semester.

Students who are studying for the Juris Doctor degree in Criminal Law may wish to take legal or non-legal community service-oriented work - otherwise known as pro-bono work - in order to develop professionally in their specific area of study. Common pro-bono work often undertaken by students who are studying for their Juris Doctor degree may include free representation working in specific areas, such as domestic violence, family law, civil rights or crimes related to felonies and misdemeanors.

The Humanitarian Side of Criminal Law

Some of the best people in international and humanitarian criminal law are not in the news all the time, they are busy at work, making the most vulnerable people´s lives easier.

Judge Fausto Pocar

Fausto Pocar is Professor of International Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Milan. He has also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences and as the Vice-Rector at the same institution.

Since the 1st February, 2000, he has been a Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. He was re-elected for a four-year term by the General Assembly of the United Nations in November 2001, and was subsequently re-elected for another term, serving until 2009.

During his appointment, he served as a Judge in a Trial Chamber, where he sat on the first case concerned with rape as a crime against humanity, and later in the Appeals Chamber of the Tribunal.

As a Judge of the Appeals Chamber, he was also a Judge of the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). On appeal, he has participated in the adoption of the final judgments in several ICTY and ICTR cases, both heard at The Hague and in Arusha, Tanzania.

From March 2003 and November 2005, he served as Vice-President of the ICTY. Judge Pocar also has a long standing experience in United Nations activities. In particular, in the field of human rights and humanitarian law.

He served for 16 years (1984-2000) as a member of the Human Rights Committee under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and has been its Chairman (1991-92) and Rapporteur (1989-90).

Further, he was appointed Special Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for visits to Chechnya and the Russian Federation during the first conflict in 1995 and 1996.

He has also chaired the informal working group that drafted, within the Commission on Human Rights, the Declaration on the rights of people belonging to national or ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities, which was adopted in 1992 by the General Assembly.

Patricia Viseur Sellers

Patricia Viseur Sellers is Special Advisor for Prosecution Strategies to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College of Oxford University. She teaches International Criminal Law on the Masters of Human Rights faculty.

Sellers is an international lawyer specializing in international human rights law, international criminal law, humanitarian law, and gender. She has served as the Special Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to the Secretary General’s Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict, and has advised governments, international organizations, and civil society groups during her career

From 1994-2007, Sellers was the Legal Advisor for Gender Related Crimes and Senior Acting Trial Attorney in the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

In that capacity, she advised teams of investigators and trial attorneys on the prosecution of sex based crimes, under the tribunals’ Statues and pertinent doctrines of humanitarian law.

She has litigated and advised on the leading international criminal law cases regarding wartime sexual violence, sexual violence and genocide, and sexual violence and enslavement as a crime against humanity. These have included the Prosecutor v. Furundzija, the Prosecutor v. Akayesu and the Prosecutor v. Kunarac.

She has lectured widely, testified as an expert witness in international courts, and authored numerous articles on international criminal law.

Prior to her work as an international prosecutor, Sellers served at the Directorate General for External Relations at the European Commission, the Ford Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, and the Philadelphia Defender Association.

She was the recipient of the American Society of International Law’s Prominent Women in International Law award, and was named an Honorary Fellow by Penn Law School in 2006 and received an Honorary Doctorate of Law by the Law School of City University of New York in 2001.

She has also been awarded the Martin Luther King Award by the Black Law Student Association of Rutgers University Law School. Sellers earned her B.A. from Rutgers University in 1976, and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1979.